DNA Fitness Test
Are you getting the most out of your workout?
Take this DNA test to find out
- Exercises that are most beneficial for your muscle type
- Your risk of soft tissue injury and Achilles tendinopathy
- How well you can tolerate pain
- Ways to optimize your workout with our revolutionary Genofit app
Are you struggling to improve your fitness?
Or maybe you are just interested to know why you are a great sprinter but have a tough time finishing a 10K race. It all comes down to genetics.
Your genes influence your athletic ability, response to exercise, injury risk and pain tolerance. This genetic test gives you the opportunity to create a personalized exercise plan based on your genetics, so you can get the most benefit out of your exercise routine.
Studies show that athletes carry genetic variants that give them an advantage in their choice of athletics. This means the DNA changes that are most prevalent in endurance athletes can be very different from the variants found in sprinters and other power athletes.
An understanding of your genetics can help you identify the sports that you are better suited for. It also gives you a chance to personalize your exercise plan and health goals. The variants included in this panel were studied in Caucasian populations. The same association may not be apparent in other ethnicities.
Endurance refers to the ability to sustain exercise for an extended period. Sports that require endurance include long-distance running, swimming, cycling, mountain climbing, and rowing. The following genetic variants affect endurance:
- PPARD – affects the burning of fat for energy
- VEGFA – influences blood vessel formation to improve oxygen supply
- ACE – regulates blood pressure and improves muscle efficiency
- ADRB2 – plays a role in turning off the fight or flight response
- PPARA – affects the proportion of slow-twitch versus fast-twitch muscle fibers
Response to Exercise:
Individuals may respond differently to exercise, with some experiencing greater benefits from endurance training while others benefit more from strength training. Your exercise response is influenced by genetic variations of:
- PPARGC1A – influences improvements in aerobic capacity
- PPARD – affects increases in “good” HDL-cholesterol
- MCT1 – affects the ability to use lactate as an energy source
Strength training involves resistance exercises that stimulate muscular contraction, leading to increased muscle strength and size. The following genetic variants affect muscular strength:
- ACVR1B – affects the muscle signaling cascade that controls muscle mass and strength
- IL6 – influences messenger molecules and contributes to muscle growth
Power exercises combine strength with speed, applying strength in a quick motion. For example, sprinters require both strength and speed for rapid acceleration, while baseball pitchers require a very strong arm that can rapidly rotate to pitch as fast as 100 mph. The following genetic variants affect power:
- ACTN3 – often referred to as the “sprinter” gene
- AGT – affects blood pressure regulation and growth hormone levels
Motivation, Recovery, Injury Risk, and Pain Tolerance
Motivation, recovery, injury risk, and pain tolerance are all influenced by genetic variations such as:
- BDNF – affects exercise motivation
- CRP – influences heart rate recovery
- COL1A1 – affects the risk of soft tissue injury
- COL5A1 – affects the risk of Achilles tendinopathy
- COMT – influences pain tolerance and required morphine dose
HOW IT WORKS
Step 1: Order test kit online
Step 2: Collect DNA sample using a painless mouth swab, and mail to the lab in the provided return envelope
Step 3: Receive your results online